Monday, November 22, 2010

Monday at the Museum

Designed by architect I. M. Pei, The Museum of Islamic Art has "one of the world’s most complete collections of Islamic artifacts, ranging from Spain to Egypt to Iran, Iraq, Turkey, India and Central Asia."

"At the age of 91, Pei had to be coaxed out of retirement to undertake this enterprise. He traveled throughout the Muslim world on a six month quest to learn about Muslim architecture and history and read Muslim texts to draw inspiration for his design."

The museum officially opened to the public on December 1, 2008. Below are some of the treasures we were able to view. My eye is always drawn to shades of red and blue ...

Some items I photographed along with their descriptions ...

... while some I took pictures of purely for their aesthetic appeal.

"History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life and brings us tidings of antiquity." Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC), Pro Publio Sestio
Wishing you all a wonderful week! Friendship blessings, Tammy


Anonymous said...

Pretty amazing to know this wonderful place is in our back yard. We have enjoyed the exhibits a lot, even the boys. Your pictures made the different artifacts look wonderful. We are so glad you were able to come and enjoy them with us!!


Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,

I.M. Pei was indeed a great Chinese American architect.
When I did my blog about Damascene work from Toledo on October 26 I came across this site about Muslim Heritage
That site shows some of the beautiful Moorish tiles in Spain/Portugal (page 2) and others. The Damascene work is incredible too.
Damascus, Syria, was flourishing a couple of thousand years before Rome was founded in 753 BC, making it the oldest continuously inhabited city in existence.
For us at least the mosque in Córdoba, Spain was such a treasure for Moorish art. Maybe you've been there? We loved it, as well as the Alhambra and the hanging gardens of the Generalife... Dreamy memories!
Thanks for sharing this today.
Besides artwork, we owe it to the Arabs for having Algebra... one of my favorites at High School!

Have a great week,


Shane Pollard said...

Dear Tammy
An amazing building and artifacts.
It's so important to learn about the past of our civilizations.

I've just done a short post on our Coal mine explosion in New Zealand last Friday.
Tammy please pray for the 29 men still trapped underground, it is a stressful and worrying time for their families still uncertain as to whether they are alive.
God bless

Claus said...

Don't you love museums?! I do!!! I'm intrigued by past lives, and what was "normal" and "every day" for's just fascinating. Thank you for sharing!
have a great day!

Anonymous said...

The building is outstanding, isn't it? The interior seems to be just as impressive as the exterior, if that's possible!

And the rugs and pottery are so pretty. I can see why you are drawn to the colors that you are. They are just striking.

What a treasue this was to visit! Don't you love a good museum or art gallery?

Thanks SO much for sharing ~ as always, it is inspiring and beautiful!

Warm hugs,

Diane said...

Thanks for showing this beautiful building as well as the gorgeous items. Hope you've had a good Monday. Diane

Kathleen said...

Looks like an amazing place to visit. The building itself never mind the treasures looks worth the trip.

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